I have always winced when hearing about an artist's "practice" as if any meaningful modern artist was ever trained in the same way as a doctor or lawyer. There are thousands of Fine Arts degrees given out to what purpose I don't know. I recently read this interview with artist Gary Petersen over at New York Arts Magazine:
AC: How do you perceive the significance of your (our) profession as painters?
Well, I don't like the word profession when it comes to being an
artist. Semantics, I know, but I think it is misleading in a way. It
conveys the idea that if we do things a certain way and train a certain
way we will have a "job.” We will have a "profession.” Show me the
manual about how you have a "career" in the art world.